DIY Life: Urban Homesteaders at Kitchen Table Talks At the most recent Kitchen Table Talks in San Francisco close to 100 City dwellers came out in the pouring rain to hear stories from local urban homesteaders, who shared their experiences and insights on ways to become more self-sufficient. Kevin Bayuk, Heidi Kooy, and Davin Wentworth-Thrasher discussed growing and preserving your own food; keeping worms; composting (including the art of the compost toilet); greywater and rainwater catchment systems; and raising goats and chickens (Heidi’s chicken, Sweet Pea, graced us with her beautiful feathers). In case you were wondering, “urban homesteading” has been defined as: 1. Our three homesteaders employ almost all of these ideals and inspired us with their stories and ideas. Kevin Bayuk, a self-described “activated advocate for ecotopian living,” serves on the Board of Directors for the Urban Alliance for Sustainability, and teaches with the Urban Permaculture Institute and Urban Permaculture Guild. Organizations/Web Sites Books Back to Basics
5 things fashion students need to know about sustainability | Sustainable-business Our recent live chat provided some wisdom for fashion students, faculty members and consumers alike looking to embed sustainability into education and design practises. Here are the top five things we learned. 1. If a consumer can engage and empathise with the path that an item took - from conceptual design to pattern making to crafting - the more they'll be intrigued. Ditty agreed building narratives is especially important in dealing with stereotypes about sustainable fashion. 2. Some schools, like Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Colombia make sure retailers and local fashion industry players are included in its fashion design programme. Renee Cuocu, education for sustainability projects manager at the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion, says: "Retailers are a really important link between the designer and customer, and it would be great to see more opportunities for students to engage with retailers with a stronger focus on sustainability." 3. 4.
Where do your old clothes go? 11 February 2015Last updated at 10:01 ET By Lucy Rodgers BBC News Every year, thousands of us across the UK donate our used clothing to charity - many in the belief that it will be given to those in need or sold in High Street charity shops to raise funds. But a new book has revealed that most of what we hand over actually ends up getting shipped abroad - part of a £2.8bn ($4.3bn) second-hand garment trade that spans the globe. Continue reading the main story How charity clothing donations end up traded abroad. Continue reading the main storyContinue reading the main storyContinue reading the main story UK consumers ditch more than a million tonnes of clothing every year. The Western world's growing desire for fast, disposable fashion, fuelled by the ready supply of cheap goods manufactured in China and elsewhere, means we are consuming and then disposing of an ever greater quantity of garments. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote End QuoteDr Andrew BrooksKing's College London
Wearable pineapple fibres could prove sustainable alternative to leather | Business At weddings and formal events in the Philippines, men can often be seen wearing the Barong Tagalog, a thin and transparent embroidered garment worn over a shirt. One of the more surprising materials used in its manufacture are fibres from pineapple leaves – and long strands of the leaves could soon also be used to make a host of other products, from trainers and clothes to bags and car upholstery. Called Piñatex - piña is Spanish for pineapple - the new material was created by Carmen Hijosa, who worked as a consultant in the Philippines leather goods industry in the 1990s. She was unimpressed with the standard of goods produced and started to look for alternatives. It was the strength and the fineness of the pineapple leaf fibres used in the Barong Tagalog that first alerted her that there was another option: “I was looking for an alternative to leather. That was the beginning of my thinking. “We can make shoes, we can make bags. “We are completely new.
The Sustainable Fashion Handbook The definitive sourcebook on all aspects of sustainable fashion – not only the environmental issues presented by fast-moving fashion, but also the social impact of the industry. Packed with authoritative facts and inspiring images and ideas, this is an indispensable reference for professionals, students and anyone with an interest in fashion, sustainability and innovation ‘A huge range of examples and perspectives on sustainable fashion … it isn’t just pretty pictures, with plenty of essays debating the materials and morality of contemporary fashion’ – Crafts ‘From Katherine Hamnett printed T-shirt, to Vivienne Westwood’s stance against global warming, the author questions the sustainability of fashion and its key players’– AnOther Magazine ‘Packed with facts and inspiring images and ideas, this is a useful reference for professionals, students and anyone with an interest in fashion, sustainability and innovation’ – Textiles ‘Required reading … ultra-comprehensive’ – Shop Ethica
Tactile Equations by Page Thirty Three Sydney-based design studio Page Thirty Three has a knack for transforming their daydreams into functional products—which explains why their pieces (like the laboratory-esque Black Marble Oil Burner) are ones that incite wonder and some head-turning. Page Thirty Three's latest thematic collection, "Tactile Equations," is their most stunning and cohesive yet, with each piece relating to a daily ritual: from turning on the light to burning incense. The miniature monuments look beautiful, but aren't just meant to be observed; each of the five designs prods a "tactile response" from the user, solidifying a connection between owner and object. You're meant to unfold the Australian Bluestone outer layers of the Stratosphere lamp, for example, to let it shine. Slip in blackened pine inserts to the brass Zig Zag Table to make it level; take them out when you don't want anything on the table. Images courtesy of Page Thirty Three
Pure Waste Textiles Aims to Save 100 Million Liters of Water by Year's End Pure Waste Textiles has launched a new Save Water Challenge to get companies to participate in reducing their water consumption. As its T-shirts are made from 100 percent recycled textile waste, no new cotton needs to be grown. This translates as a saving of 2,700 liters of water for every Pure Waste T-shirt produced, according to the team. So far the company has saved over 23 million liters by producing its eco-friendly shirts as opposed to typical manufacturing processes. + Save Water Challenge + Pure Waste Textiles
Micaceous Cookware Doing his part to reintroduce pottery for daily use, Brian Grossnickle creates beautiful eco-friendly cookware out of micaceous clay, a material with properties making it remarkably well-suited for cooking. The New Mexico native, drawing on over 15 years of pottery experience, produces a wide variety of food-friendly pieces including cook pots, teapots, cups, bowls, and even platters. The clay used in all the pieces has an extremely high mica content, one of nature's best conductors of heat. Also setting Grossnickle's pottery apart, the traditional coil and scrape techniques that he employs were first developed by Apache Indians in New Mexico nearly eight hundred years ago. The freedom of handbuilding and the unpredictability of the firing process yields beautifully unique pieces, which sells from select galleries in New Mexico and Michigan, or contact him online for more information.
Treelife We are excited to announce that our first offline event, TreeLife by TCH, will be unveiled in a major city in 2013. This event will showcase innovative and creative sustainable architecture, and illustrate that green can co-exist with urban city life. The world's first major public exhibition of 'green design' treehouses, TreeLife will bring the biggest names in international architecture, design and art into the one public place for the first time, showcasing cutting edge green and sustainable design. Life in the trees Treehouses have become creative eco-statements in the design world. Global program of events: To celebrate the incredible temporary environment created by TreeLife, the exhibition will host a program of events that will vary from city to city. Art-life: Green-themed, organic art installations placed around treehouses including topiary. Silent Cinema: Public, open-air "silent" movie screenings using wireless, sound-proof headphones. Rollerdisco: A 70s "rollerskate" rink.